In today’s day and age, everyone is thinking about going green, especially at home. But it can be difficult to know where to start. How does one increase their home’s energy efficiency? Here are three technologies that can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Energy Saving Devices
There are many energy saving devices that can help you save energy. For example, you can use low flow showerheads, which emit less water per second than traditional shower heads. These low flow showerheads may not give you as much water as you’re used to, but they reduce the amount of water you use, and the amount of energy to heat that water. Another energy saving device is LED lights. LED lights save energy and last longer than traditional light bulbs. Yet another energy saving device is motion sensor lighting. Motion sensor lighting, useful in outdoor areas especially, turn the lights on only when someone moves to activate it. When there’s no one moving about, the lights will stay off.
A more expensive way to go would be to buy solar panels. Installing solar panels has many benefits. They can power your home even when the regular power is on as they are a renewable source of energy. They run in congruence with your regular electricity and reduce costs to your regular electric bill. You can even receive tax credits for solar roof panels. While you can install solar panels yourself, it may be a better idea to hire professionals to do so as they have the proper equipment and the training to do so. You may have to spend a little more than you intended, but the benefits of solar panels are worth their cost.
Energy Star Products
Another way to make your home as energy efficient as possible is to use Energy Star products. These are appliances that have been specifically designed to use less energy than traditional appliances. Certified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Energy Star appliances include washers, dryers, dishwashers, televisions and water heaters, among many others. These energy efficient appliances also produce less greenhouse gases, and so are overall better for you to use.
There are lots of energy-efficient technologies that are available for you to use at home. These technologies include devices such as LED lights, solar panels, and Energy Star products. All can have an impact on creating a more energy efficient home.
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